Press Releases

The Rural Services Network issues a number of press releases every year - to national and regional media outlets across the UK.


Our latest press releases are listed below. If you are a journalist and would like to be added to our list of recipients, please email us.


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Leaving the European Union has major implications for England's countryside communities, the Rural Services Network [1] has warned.


Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

New dimension for rural healthcare

“Challenging Times - A New Dimension", the latest and most successful Rural Health Network conference to date, was hosted at the House of Lords on 29 January 2016 by Baroness Byford DBE DL.


The Rural Services Network is making a last minute plea to the Government to listen to the views of the people and change tack on its plans to reduce grants to rural areas at a higher percentage rate than grant reduction in urban areas over the next four years.


Rural residents face an unwelcome hike in council tax coupled with much reduced services if the government pushes ahead with a proposed funding settlement for rural communities - despite an increase in the Rural Services Delivery Grant.


MPs and rural local authorities have called on the Government to honour a commitment to ensure rural communities receive fairer funding for public services.


Plans to increase the number of Starter Homes in the countryside may be useful - but Government must consider any wider implications first, says the Rural Services Network.


The Rural Services Network has welcomed a £4m increase in government funding for rural local authorities but warned that it makes little difference to the financial injustice suffered by countryside communities for years.


Countryside communities will be hit hard by the latest round of government cuts, the Rural Services Network has warned.


A new guide promoting affordable rural homes has been launched by the Rural Housing Alliance and the Rural Services Network.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:53

Manifesto calls for fair deal for rural England

The Rural Services Network has published its manifesto ahead of the 2015 general election - calling for a fairer deal for rural England.


A government decision which means developers will no longer have to provide affordable homes on smaller sites is a huge blow for rural communities.


Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:01

Rural councils under most financial pressure

The Rural Services Network responds to a National Audit Office report that local councils are showing "clear signs" of financial stress.


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